Charlie Hills eager to test Battaash against Lady Aurelia in Nunthorpe date

Sun 13 Aug 2017

By Racinguk.com staff

Charlie Hills is eagerly looking forward to taking on Lady Aurelia in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes with his new sprinting star Battaash.

The three-year-old has made great strides this season, winning twice at Sandown before spreadeagling a top-class field in the King George Stakes at Goodwood.

Versatile regarding ground, he appears to just have one stumbling block on the Knavesmire, the American speedball Lady Aurelia, winner of the King's Stand at Royal Ascot.

"Battaash has come out of his win at Goodwood really well and we are looking forward to York now," Hills said.

"He isn't a horse who a needs a lot of work between his races so it is a case of ticking him over and keeping him in good form.

"I am happy with him. We were obviously delighted with his performance at Goodwood. He showed that he goes on any ground and beat a number of very good horses.

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"It is not going to be easy at York - Lady Aurelia is obviously very good but there are plenty of other top sprinters in there too. Clashes like this are what racing is all about and we are looking forward to it."

Lady Aurelia underwent her final work at Keeneland last week, which was the best of her four works since her bloodless victory in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Wesley Ward's filly has already arrived in Britain and is a best-priced 7-4 against Battaash's 2-1.

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